Reviewed by Heather C
Title: Sin & the Preacher’s Son
Authors: Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon
Genre: MM Historical Romance
Length: 219 Pages
Publisher: Duet Publishing
Release Date: April 1, 2014
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Driven from his family when his sexuality is exposed, Jonah discovers drama, passion and intrigue in a traveling carnival—and in the enigmatic owner, Rafe Grimstone. The preacher’s son and the lord who’s rejected his former life in England feel the heat of attraction from the moment they meet.
Open-hearted Jonah is willing to risk hellfire and damnation for brief moments of pleasure with Rafe, but the older man is frozen in a past he can’t escape no matter how far he runs. As Rafe struggles to choose between responsibilities of his present and his past, mysterious accidents assail the close-knit carnival community.
Will the perpetrator be revealed before the traveling show is ruined? And will Rafe finally reveal his true self to Jonah or continue to mask his identity like the changing images in a house of mirrors?
Previously published as House of Mirrors.
Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon never fail to create an enjoyable story with characters that are easy to fall in love with.
The idea of this story is really quite sad! Bloody and beaten and rejected by his religious family, Jonah finds himself in awe of the traveling carnival. He figures it is the perfect opportunity to get away and start a new life. Rafe, the carnival manager, agrees to give Jonah a chance to find his place among the other members. Of course, Jonah and Rafe won’t be able to keep their hands off each other for long…and Rafe is running from his own demons.
The Setting: This is probably the fourth book I’ve ever read that’s set within a traveling carnival. There’s just something about that lifestyle, never settling in one place, yet constantly with the same “family” of people, that intrigues me. The authors did a wonderful job creating that spectacular illusion of something that’s so grand in the dark, yet dusty and mucky come the light of day.
Secondary Characters: Then there was all the unique characters. From the freaks to the performers to the barkers. I have my favorites and I have the ones that I hated. But what stands out is they all had their own voices and purposes in the story.
The Mystery: There were actually two little mysteries taking place here. The primary mystery was obviously who is vandalizing the carnival, which I didn’t figure out…although I didn’t try all that hard. The other, and most intriguing, was the mystery that IS Rafe. What is he running from? How does he REALLY feel about Jonah? THAT is what kept me turning the pages.
Romance: *sigh* Jonah and Rafe were yummy together. I loved how Jonah turned out to be a bit more experienced at sex than Rafe, although Rafe was more experienced with keeping his distance and protecting his heart. YES, I wanted to grab Rafe and shake him by his shoulders MANY times! I just wanted him to SEE Jonah right in front of him and everything that Jonah had to offer. Eventually…he did. 🙂
The Ending: I mostly loved the ending; it’s a pretty solid HFN. I just wanted to see more of the reunion between Jonah and Rafe. I DID love the new direction the carnival crew plan to take and I could totally read more about these guys!
Overall Impression: I Really Liked It
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*